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In a scathing closing argument, Harvey Weinstein's attorney attacked prosecutors before pleading with the jury to acquit the mogul of sexual assault. LA Times
VOA VIEW: Long time accusations are hard to prove even if true.
Even with Virginia's latest ratification, the Equal Rights Amendment looks doubtful. LA Times
VOA VIEW: Equal rights for all is good for all.
Many Jewish Americans were mistakenly buried under Latin crosses after the war. Scholars are working to correct the record -- and their gravestones. LA Times
VOA VIEW: It's about time.

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President Trump had a busy morning on Twitter, also sharing accusations of bias against a juror in the case of his friend Roger Stone. New York Times
VOA VIEW: What is wrong with Kelly?
The billionaire drew condemnation for his newly surfaced comments on redlining, in which banks discriminated against people of color seeking to borrow money to afford homes. New York Times
VOA VIEW: Bloomberg is a very rich fool.
The Trump administration said Thursday it was issuing a 45-day extension allowing U.S. companies to continue doing some business with China’s Huawei Technologies Co Ltd. Rueters
The United States is "deeply concerned" about the possible impact of a coronavirus outbreak in North Korea and is prepared to help U.S. and international organizations contain the spread of the virus, the State Department said on Thursday. Rueters
VOA VIEW: NK should play ball with the US.
AG Barr: President Trump 'never asked me to do anything' in Stone case; urges Trump to stop tweeting        USA Today
VOA VIEW: Barr is straight and Trump should stay out.
Trump told Geraldo Rivera he is considering banning administration officials from listening in on calls with foreign leaders.        USA Today
VOA VIEW: Good!

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Mississippi lawmakers need to act in the next couple of months to improve conditions inside state prisons that are crowded, shabby and violent, a human rights lawyer told legislators Thursday. Cliff Johnson, director of the MacArthur Justice Center at the University of Mississippi law school, ... Washington Times
Hope Hicks is returning to the Trump White House as a senior adviser. ABC
VOA VIEW: Good!
The Senate passed a bipartisan war powers resolution on Thursday aimed at reigning in President Donald Trump’s ability to use military action against Iran. ABC
VOA VIEW: Trump will veto and it will not pass - 8 Republicans were foolish.
The US secretary of state says there has been progress in recent days but a deal is yet to be reached. BBC
VOA VIEW: Time will tell.

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The new charges include conspiracy to steal trade secrets, commit wire fraud and racketeering under the RICO statute. CBS
VOA VIEW: Huawei is a threat.
President Trump called Bloomberg a "loser" and compared him to Jeb Bush, while Bloomberg said Mr. Trump's Twitter attacks prove the president is afraid of him. CBS
VOA VIEW: As it is.
Publisher of the Charlotte Observer, Miami Herald and other newspapers around the U.S. will try to remain afloat. CBS
VOA VIEW: Regular newspapers are dead, just not buried.

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"The democracy, and the way it gives everybody an opportunity, is what we basically believe in," Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters told CNBC. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Very few care what Waters has to say.
Rogr Stone, a Republican operative and friend of President Trump, was convicted of lying to Congress about his contacts with WikiLeaks during the 2016 election. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Trump should stay out of the fray.
Wayfair is cutting about 3% of its workforce, or roughly 500 jobs, a spokesperson said. The online furniture company has faced high costs to run its business. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Wayfair is trying to move too fast.
Average global temperature 2.5F above 20th-century averageAntarctic has begun February with several temperature spikesLast month was the hottest January on record over the world’s land and ocean surfaces, with average temperatures exceeding anything in the 141 years of data held by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Related: Antarctic temperature rises above 20C for first time on record Guardian
The spike in cases reported from China reflects reclassifying a backlog of suspect cases using patients' chest images and not necessarily the "tip of an iceberg" of a wider epidemic, a top World Health Organization official said on Thursday. Reuters

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A U.S. judge on Thursday granted Amazon.com Inc's request for a preliminary injunction to pause the U.S. Department of Defense and Microsoft Corp from moving forward on an up-to-$10 billion cloud computing deal. Reuters
VOA VIEW: Not a smart move by Amazon.
U.S. prosecutors on Thursday added trade secret theft charges to their bank fraud case against Chinese smartphone maker Huawei Technologies Co, further escalating the U.S. battle with the world's largest telecommunications equipment maker. Reuters
VOA VIEW: Huawei cannot be trusted.
U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday he thinks there is a "good chance" the United States would reach an agreement with the Taliban by the end of February on a U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan. Reuters
VOA VIEW: Time will tell.

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After attacking the prosecutors and judge in the trial of his longtime adviser Roger Stone, President Donald Trump on Thursday turned his sights on the jury that convicted the veteran Republican operative, elevating concerns about political interference in the U.S. judicial process. Reuters
VOA VIEW: Trump should be cool.
The U.S. Defense Department sent Congress a request to shift nearly $4 billion from the military budget to pay for a wall on the border with Mexico, a central promise of President Donald Trump's campaign for the White House four years ago and bid this year for a second term. Reuters
A cabinet reshuffle by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson Thursday resulted in the unexpected resignation of finance minister Sajid Javid. UPI

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